Martial arts originated thousands of years ago and represented a battle between two unbalanced polarities. Numerous styles developed in this period trying to find the harmony of these two poles. To Te, or Chinese hand, developed in China but was in full bloom in Okinawa in the 19th century. In Okinawa To Te was divided into two parts, Shuri and Naha. While the Naha area emphasized more on techniques of breathing and short lines, the Shuri area developed a much more dynamic movement between principles of whip and wave motion. Duality gives birth to diversity.
During 1936, when To Te was blossoming in Japan, and owing to political reasons, the master Gichin Funakoshi changed its name from "To Te", in Karate "empty hand". A great number of today's known styles stemmed from this era, which began to spread to western countries and around the world. Goyuryu, Wadoryu, Shitoryu, Uechiryu, Shotoka, Sankukai, Kyokushinkai are only some of them.
With the diversity of To Te exercise, karate and the masters/teachers, who had carried it through from generation to generation, slowly began to lose its genuineness and message. Sport contributed a great amount to this and created a new battle of the two poles (sport and tradition), among which harmony would be created with difficulty.
Amongst some of this diversity, or confusion of what is right, teacher Paolo Bolaffio 8.Dan, created a space for the rebirth of karate as an art. He brought together the old principles of the Chinese and Okinawa Naha-Shuri techniques, linking them into a whole. Thus, a new style was born, namely Makotokai Karate Do. The main principles of Makotokai Karate Do are a strong center, roots and harmonic polarity of two extremes (full-empty, receiving-giving, separation-connection).
Makotokai Karate Do consists of the following words:
Makoto – sincerity, loyalty
It is difficult to describe sincerity, for it tends to exist only on paper. When pure sincerity within yourself and in nature will again retrieve value, it will revive outside of us and among us.
Kai - group
The first will be the last and the last will be the first. We like to belong to something, especially to get a sense of false security. If we free ourselves from the fears that we have, practice unselfishness and accept our mission, we will create a space or emptiness within, for something or someone, such as a group that offers different perpectives or objectives.
Kara - emptiness
We are making progress! What was once impossible is now a habit. Among the fullness and progress of our mind, we are losing the connection to body and mind. The connection of body and mind gives birth to emptiness which leads us to the essence of our existence.
Te - hand
"Hand" helps us to change the physical shape of something with the help of our mind and become true masters of a craft. Think of those who do not have this capability, and once you do this you will use the gift that you have received with ease.
Do - path There are many paths but only one that can lead us to the essence of our existence, connection of the inner being with the source energy. Our life offers us many tools and guidelines. When we fail to choose, take a step back and the picture will become clearer. We have to choose the right path by ourselves.
You are ignorant until you experience. When you experience, you can choose. The door of martial arts is wide open.
Makotokai Karate Do – Sincere Group on the Path of the Empty Hand
I teach Makotokai Karate Do according to master Paolo Bolaffio 8.Dan. He was a private student of some of the greatest Japanese masters during the development of karate in Europe and other worldwide countries.